Pensacola, close to the Alabama state border on the Gulf coast, is one of the more laid-back of Florida's cities. With its numerous historic and natural charms, it will give travellers ample opportunity to sit back and relax in this beach paradise.
Ancient Native Americans left their mark around the natural deep-water harbour, before the Spanish Colonists arrived in 1559. It was the start of a long rivalry for control of the port, with France, Great Britain, the United States and the Confederacy battling it out for years. They left the city with blended architectural influences ranging from Spanish brickwork and French wrought-iron balconies to Victorian mansions. Pensacola is home to the Seville Historic District, showcasing its heritage. The city also has a noteworthy Historical Museum.
Apart from ancient history, Pensacola is known for its current stars, the Blue Angels precision flying team of the US Navy, who are based here and hold thrilling exhibitions. The US Naval Air Station is situated to the west of the city next to the National Museum of Naval Aviation.
In and around Pensacola, beaches abound along the coastline and the Gulf Islands, particularly at Perdido Key and Pensacola Beach with their luxury resorts.